The Premier League today announced the fixtures for the 2019/20 season – and the opening day is not short of eye catching fixtures that will only whet the appetite for the start of the new season – just 57 days away, where Norwich City, newly promoted as Champions from the EFL Championship, will face the daunting task of having to travel to the Champions of Europe and last seasons Premier League runners-up Liverpool, as the opening game of the season.
There is no real doubting the fixture of the weekend though, as Manchester United are scheduled to welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford in a true clash of the giants. Both teams suffered tumultuous seasons in 2018/19 – with Chelsea’s ending on a relative high, gaining Champions League football by finishing 3rd before winning the Europa League by thrashing London rivals Arsenal in the final 4-1. But they have lost star man Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, and there remains vast uncertainty over current manager Maurizio Sarri, and whether he will be in the Stamford Bridge hotseat much longer. Frank Lampard (Derby County) and Rafa Benitez (Newcastle United) seem the most likely names to replace Sarri should he leave – but work is to be done whomever is in charge at Chelsea, who will want to spend the Hazard cash sooner rather than later.
Equally, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will want to get off to a fast start and look to put to bed the horror ending the Red Devils endured last season – their final day home defeat to already relegated Cardiff City a very bitter taste to an already highly sour season. There will be likely a lot of change to the playing personnel for United, with question marks over the likes of Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and others, with only Swansea City’s pacy youngster Daniel James so far incoming.
So plenty of intrigue going into what is traditionally a fixture high on many fans watchlist.
Champions Manchester City will start their defence of the Premier League crown at West Ham United, whilst Tottenham Hotspur welcome promoted Aston Villa. Fellow promoted side Sheffield United start their attempt at Premier League survival with a trip to Bournemouth.
Fri 19 August – Liverpool v Norwich City (20:00)
Sat 20 August – West Ham United v Manchester City (12:30)
Sat 20 August – Bournemouth v Sheffield United (15:00)
Sat 20 August – Burnley v Southampton (15:00)
Sat 20 August – Crystal Palace v Everton (15:00)
Sat 20 August – Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers (15:00)
Sat 20 August – Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion (15:00)
Sat 20 August – Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa (17:30)
Sun 21 August – Newcastle United v Arsenal (14:00)
Sun 21 August – Manchester United v Chelsea (16:30)